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Am I right to assume that only Dianemo users can apply?!
Nice interface. Nice video. Next time *I* would love to have it a bit louder
Run /usr/pluto/bin/UpdateEntArea -e XX where XX is the entertainment area where you have your stuff associated with. That should generate the media scenarios. At least, it just did do that after I added a Squeezebox to one of my rooms.
mysql pluto_main -e "SELECT PK_EntertainmentArea, Description FROM EntertainmentArea"
will give you a list of all EA IDs.
Thanks for the explanation Andy.
So if you add a sat box to the same room, controlled by the core, can you configure the the Rpi to switch the TV to the correct input for the sat box?
Andrew, could you expand on that a little, mainly on controlling the Rpi and how do you attach it to a room with no MD ?
This issue came up in another post I had
The inability to get media scenarios for entertainment areas that have not been configured with an MD.
If anyone is interested in helping me get this to work properly I'd be happy to assist in any way I can.
I have a fresh install of the latest 1404 dvd image with an entertainment area set up that has a TV, receiver, a cable box, and a dvd player. No scenarios are generated, so it seems the issue still persists in 1404. This exact setup worked perfectly with a 1204 install when I set it up using an MD, and then after setup removing the MD.
I can provide any logs, and perform any experiments anyone would like on this setup. I can also provide remote access to this set up if anyone wants to help me investigate the issue and fix it.
If I may weigh in. A few main points on MDs and why as a user I continue to use them and would be disappointed to see them relegated to a unsupported system.
Number one for me is Cost. An ip controllable HDMI matrix, HDMI endpoints, multiple set top boxes/STBs = multiplying the cost to every-room and every zone you add. You can add 'smarts' to any display with a relatively low cost MD and a remote.
I enjoy the ability to control any zone/room from and zone/room without having to have a dedicate room controller (ie. iPad) in each room. Call us 'old skool' but we also prefer to flick through with a remote rather than always use an ipad, ipod touch etc.
The philosophy of LinuxMCE/Dianemo is the central home control. Not just single point to point but in addition multipoint and the ability to move that media/user experience between rooms seamlessly. This includes the same UI, the same control process and access to all media in all rooms. As well as lighting, heating etc. controls. In your model, the only UI is on the mobile orbiter.
Telecom, Game player and surveillance cameras are not considered here yet within the thread. Whilst I agree that the most used component of the system is media, it is the integration of all these smart home systems in one point and turning any display device into a controller and viewer that got me so enthused in the system.
In having said this, not all times is there a need to have a UI and consistent user experience. I use media players and upnp in conjunction with squeezeslaves and traditional MD to get a mix throughout the home. I would just hate to see them become unsupported.
Food for thought.
Thanks very much for all that great information! I think I have most all the details ironed out consistent with your recommendations. As for the over-spec on the server, I found this (http://wiki.linuxmce.org/index.php/Core_Server_Newbie_Pack) after I had put down the specs in my last message. In comparison, I can probably drop some $$$ by backing off the specs quite a bit and not lose performance.
This info was extremely helpful! Thank you again. I'll do my best to keep information flowing with respect to how I put it all together and the equipment I use. Is there a location where someone can add details of a particular setup for others' benefit? Somewhere in the wiki?
Maybe I am misunderstanding you. I have UTP cables on the different locations. No coax though. and neither do I have extra PVR's / STBs. Those all bring extra complexity, costs, power and possible points of failure usage I supposed.
Just saw this one, Andy. For some reason I'm not getting notifications on this thread. Hmmmm...
That is great info, and thank you very much. I'm narrowing my options down quite a bit and I think I've settled on something like this for my core:
System76 Eland Pedestal. It ships with Ubuntu 14.04.1 Server LTS, so I'm guessing it'll be AOK for this purpose.
Intel Xeon E3-1220V2 (3.10 GHz 8MB Cache - 4 cores)
16 GB DDR3 1333 MHz ECC
2x2 TB SATA III 7200 RPM in hardware RAID-1
Hot swap drive cage
CD-RW/DVD-RW Dual layer drive
The questions that stand out for this one are:
Graphics are integrate Intel HD. Is this enough for a core? I assume the core doesn't need much graphics support.
I very much like the hardware raid setup - is this compatible with LinuxMCE?
No audio included, but there are extra bays for expansion. I'll probably pick up an audio card or two, if they are needed.
As far as structure, I plan to have the core in a utility room in the basement. I'll have Cat5e access there as well as all the house speakers will terminate there. I assume I can either connect the speakers to audio cards in the core or to amplifiers controlled by the core. (Those amplifiers would be in the utility room also.) I'll have 2 rooms with 2 speakers each in the ceilings, and all those wires terminate in the utility room.
For the media directors, I anticipate 2 rooms, maybe 3, and those will have small footprint computers in place next to the TVs. I'm thinking something like this for the media directors: https://www.thinkpenguin.com/gnu-linux/penguin-pocket-wee-gnu-linux-desktop They have Intel 1080p HD video and audio support.
That's my current plan for hardware. As always, any feedback is greatly appreciated.
As said before. I only have UTP cable to the different locations. If you replace the MD by PVR/STB and cables then you increasing complexity and costs instead of decreasing it imho. Even though then the MD might fail I have more trust in something open then the closed smarttv, PVR/STB. Especially if it is possible to have _one_ cheap but fully working solution so all use the same. I still feel the core needs to have all connections directly feed into it and there need to be light players/controllers that can actually be controlled (like also softwarewise) whatever that might be ;-).